By Geoff Williams
this can be the fabulous account of a flood of near-Biblical proportions in early twentieth-century America—its destruction, its heroes, its sufferers, and the way it formed natural-disaster rules within the usa for the following hundred years.
The typhoon begun March 23, 1913, with a sequence of tornadoes that killed a hundred and fifty humans and injured four hundred. Then the freezing rains all started and the flooding begun. It endured for days. a few humans drowned of their attics, others at the roads after they attempted to escape. It was once the nation’s so much common flood ever—more than seven-hundred humans died, millions of homes and constructions have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless. The destruction prolonged a long way past the Ohio Valley to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, manhattan, New Jersey, and Vermont—fourteen states in all, and each significant and minor river east of the Mississippi.
within the aftermath, flaws in America’s normal catastrophe reaction approach have been uncovered, a lot as they might be approximately a century later within the wake of typhoon Katrina. humans demanded switch. legislation have been handed, and dams have been equipped. groups of specialists vowed to improve flood keep watch over recommendations for the quarter and forestall flooding for stable. thus far, these efforts have succeeded—it is envisioned that during the Miami Valley on my own, approximately thousand floods were avoided, and a similar equipment were used as a version for flood regulate national and round the world.
This suspenseful historic story of a dramatic but little-remembered catastrophe “weaves tragic and heroic tales of individuals within the a number of affected states into a nearly hour-by-hour account of the lethal hurricane” (Booklist).